Technology Category Winner 2015
It’s a huge honour to have won the Category Award for Technology. The Women in the City awards are an amazing platform to help encourage more women to join and stay within key UK industries.
Increasing the number of women in the tech sector is hugely important to me, as is encouraging more of them to grow into leadership roles.
I truly believe that you can’t be what you can’t see. Too many women are still unaware of the amazing opportunities that a career in tech can offer them but platforms like the Women of Achievement awards are a great way of showing them. I really hope that women across the board will be inspired by all the category winners to successfully push their careers and ambitions forward.
Melissa joined Salesforce in 2010 where she is responsible for delivering sales success across EMEA and APAC for Independent Software Vendor programmes, as well as running the Channel Team. She works with hundreds of tech startups, helping them to thrive and make the tech industry more successful. Before joining Salesforce, Melissa was an Associate Partner in Technology at IBM and has also held senior sales and leadership roles at PwC and Oracle. Melissa started her career as a change management consultant on global Enterprise Resource Planning implementations where she discovered a love for coding which remains with her today.
Melissa is passionate about encouraging young people, particularly girls, to become involved in the technology industry. She sits on the government’s Technology Council and the boards of iDEA, the Nominet Trust and Rewired State. Melissa is an executive sponsor for Tech City and the London Chamber of Commerce and has been recognised as a Technology Leader by The Queen.
In April 2015, she launched the 30% Club’s technology group to increase female representation on the boards of tech companies, and hosted the launch of the Stemettes’ Outbox Incubator to support girls under 22 who have business ideas rooted in STEM. She is also a mentor to several women through the everywoman and London Technology Advocates group.